If you weren’t in attendance at Furnaces North America 2018 in Indianapolis, Ind., you missed everything heat treating. FNA 2018 hosted a record crowd of over 1,700 people from 14 countries who visited more than 170 exhibitors. Countries represented at the show included:
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- Unites States
The word that most attendees used to describe FNA 2018 was “energetic.” Many talked about how informative the technical sessions were, the quality of the exhibits and the optimism within all the social functions.
FNA 2018 began with the opening night reception, sponsored by AFC-Holcroft. MTI President Pete Hushek of Phoenix Heat Treating welcomed the room, which included exhibitors, their teams and attendees.
Day two featured the first of two days of technical sessions sponsored by Gasbarre. Attendees enjoyed focused content on key heat-treating issues in 20 sessions. After the sessions concluded, the FNA crowd converged on the show floor, where they could see the latest in equipment, technology and services.
Day two was capped off with the show-floor reception, sponsored by Surface Combustion. During the reception, Metal Treating Institute member and YES Management Training Program student Andrew Muto from Paulo played Pic-Til-You-Win for a chance to win $250, $500 or $25,000. Andrew came close to $25,000 but had to settle for $500. Congrats to Andrew!
Day three featured 15 more technical sessions sponsored by Gasbarre and day two of the trade show.
The three days were capped off with MTI’s final night dinner, which featured the YES Management Training Program graduation and the Leadership and Service Awards.
Initial exhibitor surveys of FNA 2018 included great feedback, positive outcomes, numerous leads and takeaways for building a stronger, more profitable business in 2019. One exhibitor near the end of day one shared, “We cannot wait for FNA 2020. We have already obtained over 100 qualified leads … and it’s only day one!”
If you would like to know more about FNA 2020 in Louisville, Ky., visit FurnacesNorthAmerica.com.